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To Whom Nothing is Given, Much is Required: Generational Obligation in Children's Literature, MMLA Cincinnati Nov. 8-11

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 1:51pm
Niall Nance-Carroll / Midwest Modern Language Association

To Whom Nothing is Given, Much is Required: Generational Obligation in Children's Literature

This panel looks for papers exploring the debt owed by children to their community and by the community to its children. Suggested topics include expectations of success and breaking free from the cycle of poverty, sibling obligation, and obligations of mutual care for children and parents. Papers exploring monetary obligations between generations are also welcome.

Please submit 300 word abstracts by June 4th to Niall Nance-Carroll, Illinois State University, Please include the abstract in the body of the message rather than as an attachment.

ICLA Convention, Paris, July 2013: Why Comparative Literature (Seminar)--Proposals Due 06/01/2012

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 10:16am
International Comparative Literature Association

Why Comparative Literature?

The loose boundaries of comparative literature have continuously raised questions about the scholarly value and practical use of the field. This seminar proposes to explore the significance of comparative literature as academic discipline where the worth of global literatures in the field of humanities is persistently challenged by the pragmatic orientation of public opinion.

Brave New World and its Legacies

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 9:21am
David Bradshaw / Worcester College, University of Oxford

Friday 12 October 2012

Institute of English Studies, London University

When Brave New World first appeared in 1932 it caused a sensation. It was obvious that Aldous Huxley was intent on testing the boundaries of propriety (sailing especially close to the wind in terms of sexual and religious obscenity), but what kind of novel had he published? A satire, like his earlier novels; a horrified warning of things to come, or a vision of how things might be, for better or for worse, following a number of scientific, political and social adjustments to the Britain of his day?

SecurIT 2012 : International Conference on Security of Internet of Things

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:31am
Amrita Vishwa Vidayapeetham (Amrita University)

SecurIT 2012 will address security in the areas of computing, communication, and control systems. Internet of Things now touches every aspect of our lives and with emerging newer security threats, SecurIT 2012 is the platform to bring together researchers, practitioners & "ethical hackers" from around the world for disseminating the latest advances in security in cloud computing, mobile networks, cyber-physical control systems, healthcare systems, etc.

/UPDATE/: " 'FOUR-FOOTED ACTORS': LIVE ANIMALS ON THE STAGE " / University of Valencia, Spain / 12-14 December 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 6:42pm
Ignacio Ramos Gay / Universidad de Valencia (Spain)

Writing in 1899, Frederick Dolman argued in an article titled "Four-Footed Actors: About Some Well-Known Animals that Appear in the London and Provincial Stage" that the "growth of variety theatres and the decay of comic songs" had developed in "several kinds of diversion, not the least of which is furnished by the art of the animal-trainer" (The English Illustrated Magazine, Sep. 1899, 192, p. 521). Dolman was describing the large-scale entertainments starring animals that had taken over traditional spectator recreations for the last century in a manner not unlike the success of music-halls and professional sport.

Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World. 29 June – 1 July 2013

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 5:34am
Science Fiction Foundation

The culture of the Classical world continues to shape that of the modern West. Those studying the Fantastika (science fiction, fantasy and horror) know that the genres have some of their strongest roots in the literature of the Graeco-Roman world (Homer's Odyssey, Lucian's True History). At the same time, scholars of Classical Reception are increasingly investigating all aspects of popular culture, and have begun looking at science fiction. However, scholars of the one are not often enough in contact with scholars of the other. This conference aims to bridge the divide, and provide a forum in which sf and Classical Reception scholars can meet and exchange ideas.

Steampunks and Times Trans-shifters: Histories, Genres, Narratives An essay assemblage (abstracts for june 30 2012)

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 12:25am
Mark Houlahan/ University of Waiakto, Hamilton, New Zealand

Steampunks and Times Trans-shifters: Histories, Genres, Narratives
An essay assemblage
Edited by Mark Houlahan, Kirstine Moffat and Fiona Martin

In these the best of times (and the worst), the age of wisdom (and the age of foolishness), the epoch of belief and incredulity, the season of darkness and light, the spring of hope and the winter of despair, steampunk has flourished. Airships circle the globe; clanking machines haunt the ocean's deeps. Fractals of history merge and re- combine. Babbage's quaint math reinvents the computer a century before its prime; of necessity, as the neo-Victorian knows no silicon chip, steampunk computers gleam and creak with wooden stylings and mechanically wrought interiors.

[UPDATE] Online Literary Journal looking for poetry and short fiction

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 3:39pm
Ishaan Literary Review (An Online Journal of Poetry and Short Fiction

Ishaan Literary Review publishes works of poetry and short fiction. Our submission period for Issue #2 (Summer 2012) is: March 10 - June 16, 2012.

We are looking to "feature" two to three writers whose work really impresses us.

We publish (roughly) 50% invited authors and 50% blind read/peer reviewed authors twice a year (Winter and Summer). We encourage you to submit a good range of work to give you a better chance of being published with us.

To Submit:

All submissions should be sent to our email address:

[UPDATED] Being More than Ambivalent Towards Race: Class in Contemporary African American Literature

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 2:54pm
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

In keeping with the theme of "Debt" for the 2012 Midwestern MLA conference, this panel is interested in the class implications that contemporary African American literature offers its readership. Since the first letters written in African American literature, money has had a central place in claims for independence, subjectivity, and resistance. How has this understanding of subjectivity and resistance changed in a late twentieth/ twenty-first century context? To what extent is contemporary African American literature invested in the American dream of financial well being that characterized earlier writing?

UPDATED: Those That Came Before: Black Literary Indebtedness

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 2:52pm
Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)

In "The Site of Memory," Toni Morrison claims that as an African American writer her literary heritage is the autobiography, the slave narrative. Quoting Harriet Jacobs, Morrison claims that a central trope of the slave narrative is occlusion, leaving the unspeakable unspoken. However, for Morrison, a writer heavily indebted to her formerly enslaved precursors, "the exercise is very different. [Her] job becomes how to rip that veil drawn over "proceedings too terrible to relate." Morrison pays her literary debt to these authors by revealing that to which they were unable. In what ways do 20th and 21st Century black American authors struggle with or against their 19th Century literary heritage? Or even their early twentieth century heritage?